Monday, March 13, 2017

Island Fun for Barangay Asluman’s Tikab-Tikab Festival

Barangay Asluman, Gigante Norte, Carles, Iloilo will showcase their sea bounties in the 3rd Tikab-Tikab Festival on March 17-19, 2017.

As one of Iloilo’s most popular seafood events, the people of Carles are so proud of their beautiful island beaches and seafoods and it seems fitting to host an island festival showcasing some of its island favourite, their signature scallops and wasay-wasay shellfood. Toss in special events and you have the Tikab-Tikab Festival – the only seafood festival in the northern island of Iloilo.

Get ready to experience Gigantes’ best seafood with its 3-day festival celebration starting March 17 (Friday) Foot Parade at 7-9 a.m., Opening Program at 9-10 a.m., Presentation by Secondary Schools at 10-12 noon, Presentation by Elementary Schools at 1-5 p.m., Coronation Night at 6-9 p.m., Disco at 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.; March 18 (Saturday) Basketball, Swimming and Surfing Competition at 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Bangkaton Race at 1-5 p.m., Lin-ay Sang 3rd Tikab Tikab Festival 2017 at 5-9 p.m., Disco at 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.; March 19 (Sunday) Diving Competition at 7 -9 a.m., Tilang/ Gunting Tikab Contest at 8-9 a.m., Cooking Contests at 9-10 a.m., Lunch at 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Binalaybay Competition from 1-5 p.m., Coronation Night of the King and Queen of the 3rd Tikab -Tikab Festival 2017 at 5 – 9 p.m., Disco at 9 pm – 4 a.m.

Tikab-Tikab Festival recognizes the importance of scallops and Wasay-wasay to the people of Gigantes. It was organized to develop and conduct a celebration every year, to promote the positive economic impact of the seafood industry on the people of Gigantes; publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to Gigantes and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it; boost tourism and recreation in Gigante Group of Islands in Carles.

Each year that the festival continues the layout along the beautiful islands of Gigantes, it continues to grow. On its third year, Tikab-Tikab has seen an increase in both activities and guests each year. Organizers reach out to their local talent and accommodation establishments to sustain and seek new ways to showcase Tikab-Tikab, and all it has to offer.

This year’s celebration with the theme “Dunang Manggad Palambo-on, Turismo Pasanyugon, para sa Masanag nga Buas Damlag Naton,” is a showcase of Gigantino’s talent and skills. 

It is hosted along the beach area of Barangay Asluman and is free to the public. The use of its scenic water front land with fun-filled activities for the people in the community is nothing short of amazing. It also provides guests with quality experiences.

The Gigante Group of Islands, located 21 kilometers northeast from Bancal Port in Carles, Iloilo, is among the most scenic and unique of all the islands of the province. This famous island group is a major tourist destination consisting of Gigante Norte and Gigante Sur. Each of the Gigante Group has its own distinct appeal for travellers.

When you are looking for inviting beaches bathed by year-round sun, Gigante Sur awaits. But if you dream of picturesque fishing villages, Gigante Norte is a favourite holiday destination itinerary for travellers both local and foreign. It is a 60-90 minute motorized pumpboat ride from Bancal wharf in mainland Carles.

Gigante Norte is considered to be one of the biggest islands in the island chain of the Gigantes. It is separated by a 5-mile channel or a 20-minute pumpboat ride from Gigante Sur.  Norte is politically subdivided into two barangays: Granada and Asluman. The best way to get around and enjoy the natural and historical attractions in the island is to take motorcycle ride.

Carles is the last town north of the province of Iloilo. It is 147.6 kilometers away or a 3-hour bus ride from Northern Iloilo Public Transport Terminal in the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City. It is politically subdivided into 33 barangays with a land area of 11,202 hectares.

To get to island, one can take motorized boat ride from Bangkal Fishing Port in the mainland. For more information, please contact Hon. Abelardo A. Montebon, Barangay Captain, Barangay Asluman, Gigante Norte, Carles, Iloilo at 09483553703.

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